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Preview: Palace v Leicester City

19 April 2013


ABOUT
Before Tuesday night the Foxes were at their lowest ebb of the season, having not recorded a victory for nine games and had slipped out of the play-off places for the first time since September. However a battling 3-2 victory against Bolton Wanderers at the King Power Stadium has lifted the mood and they arrive at Selhurst with much more confidence as fifth and sixth in the table collide.

The Foxes haven't recorded an away victory though since the middle of January when they pummelled Bristol City 4-0 at Ashton Gate, a run of seven league away days without a win.

Top scorer David Nugent was benched for the midweek game having not found the back of the net for 13 games, but fellow striker Chris Wood ended his personal barren run of nine games without a goal with a penalty against Bolton.


TEAM NEWS:
Crystal Palace: Skipper Mile Jedinak misses the second game of his two match suspension for picking up 10 cautions, and Jonny Parr is set to miss out after picking up a foot injury against Ipswich in midweek but Dean Moxey could return from injury to deputise. Jonny Williams also received a knock to his knee which continues to be assessed whilst Alex Nimely tweaked a hamstring in the U21 game against Reading on Monday. Owen Garvan and Paddy McCarthy remain out.

Leicester City: There are no new injury concerns for Nigel Pearson who has virtually a fully-fit squad to select from. Lloyd Dyer and Anthony Knockaert returned to the starting line-up in midweek ahead of Nugent and Danny Drinkwater and may keep their places. 


MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistants: Darren Leach and John Magill
Fourth Official:‭ Dean Treleaven


PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS AT SELHURST
The clubs first met in Division Two in the 1921/22 season following Palace’s promotion as champions of the inaugural Division Three. Following a defeat at Leicester a week earlier, Palace welcomed our visitors to our former home at The Nest in April 1922 and avenged that result by winning 1-0 thanks to a Robert McCracken goal.       

City gained the first of their eight league victories on our home turf the following season, and both clubs met in Division One for the first time in April 1972 as a John Craven goal earned Palace a point in our struggle against relegation, and since then we have been regular opponents in the top two tiers of league football.        

Leicester’s previous visit to Selhurst Park came on the 2nd January 2012 and the curse of the former player struck again after just 11 minutes when Neil Danns netted in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. Lewis Price, who was making a rare league outing, tried a quick counter attacker but his clearance hit the back of Glenn Murray's head and Danns latched onto the loose ball to curl it into the top corner.    

Danns turned provider eight minutes from half-time when his free kick was headed home by defender Sol Bamba but four minutes later Owen Garvan set up Jonny Parr and the Norwegian netted a composed effort as the Eagles went down 2-1.


HEAD TO HEAD RECORD (home and away)
Palace winsDrawsLeicester wins
League161318
FA Cup311
League Cup223
Play-offs001
Total211623


Category B prices apply for this game and tickets are available in all sections of the ground. They can be bought right up until kick-off from the box office or can be purchased online here or by contacting the box office on 08712 000071.


Palace to win: 17/10
Draw: 12/5
Leicester to win: 9/5


MATCH COMMENTARY:
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